Originally Posted by Poly
I've watched it a few times, and think he was pretty close to stopped by the time he made contact. There wasn't obviously anywhere else to go, and I expect there were loads of boats on his stern too. There is probably 3 seconds when the intentions of the dismasted boat become clear.
IF and it would have been a huge ask... He had seen the accident going to happen before the other boat with the dismasted dinghy he could have swerved both by turning to starboard and ditching the start.
Trouble is you are down to milliseconds and needing to check round you etc and being convinced he's not going to get out the way. And being convinced when there is a general recall and dismasted boy is disqualified that the dismasted boat won't protest etc and say he would have made it across the line if the poncey rib driver didn't panic....
Damned if u do, damned if u don't.
Certainly not the RIBs fault.
Did well to get the general recall signalled so quickly, think I'd still have been swearing at the dinghy crew (oops I mean checking they were OK).